What Do Melania And Ivanka's Clothing Reveal About Their Politics?

Melania and Ivanka Trump’s clothing choices show that there are two very different political agendas driving the two powerful women. While the First Lady is fond of expensive fabrics and designer brands, the First Daughter has made an effort to make her public image more relatable, wearing more affordable clothing items and brands.

Although both women always look stylish, Ivanka – who was recently spotted wearing a Victoria Beckham dress that is available at Target – is building a less obtrusive reputation than her father's wife. While Ivanka wears $150 skirts, Melania is regularly photographed in expensive designs from Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, or Ralph Lauren. Earlier this year, the First Lady was blasted by media outlets and politicians for wearing a coat that cost more than $51,000 while holidaying in Europe.

Considering that this sum is more than many people make in a year, it’s not hard to see how working-class Americans – a core demographic in Trump’s support base – could become disillusioned in Trump’s policies after seeing what Melania wears.

According to Inquisitr and Business Insider, there is a shared strategy influencing Melania and Ivanka’s vastly different fashion choices. As First Lady, Melania is using her clothing and appearance to become a symbol of aspiration and attainment. Comparatively, Ivanka, who is an Advisor to President Trump, is striving to become a more relatable figure in the Trump Administration. When you consider that Ivanka is spearheading middle-class tax reform and expanded child tax credit, it’s easy to see why the First Daughter is pursuing a more grounded image.

However, Ivanka Trump’s clothing statements aren’t the only thing defining the First Daughter. Right now, Ivanka is currently fielding criticism about her command of the English language. The ongoing criticism of Ivanka’s speeches and written statements began after the First Daughter appeared in a series of interviews after her father’s inauguration. According to Slate and the AVClub, many of Ivanka’s interview remarks include long monosyllabic words or phrases. The only problem is that most of these words or phrases are used incorrectly.

When the seemingly eloquent mistakes continued, a writer for Slate, Katy Waldman, sensed that Ivanka Trump was trying to use big words to seem intelligent. When Ivanka told reporters that she was “complicit” to her father’s agenda, Ms. Waldman penned a ‘cheat sheet’ on the First Daughter’s speaking style. Here is an excerpt that later went viral:

“The president’s silver-tongued daughter tends to speak in the melodious, lavish tones of ad copy. … She never omits words. (“I would ask them if that [criticizing my father] would render me more effective or less effective with the people ultimately making decisions.”) She piles on superfluous but elegant descriptors as if carpeting a floor in an array of soft fabrics. (She told Gayle King she expresses herself in the White House “quietly and directly and candidly.”) Her diction inclines toward the corporate-aspirational.”

At this stage, the criticisms of Ivanka’s word usage have not yet triggered a response from the Presidential Advisor. And with a recent survey voting Ivanka as the most popular member of Trump’s White House staffing team, critics might have to wait a long time before the public is willing to acknowledge the First Daughter’s difficulty with certain words.

Source: Inquisitr
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